The Seattle Seahawks are eager to build on last season's success, but some immediate concerns still surround a team filled with high expectations.
A good start seems to be imperative for the Carolina Panthers' attempt to reach the playoffs for the first time since 2008.
The Seahawks look to win their first road opener since 2006 on Sunday against a Panthers team hoping to carry over its late-season success to 2013.
After going 11-5 and winning a road playoff game in 2012, Seattle can't wait to get this season underway.
"We're ready to go," said coach Pete Carroll, whose team rallied from a 20-point first-half deficit before Matt Bryant's field goal with eight seconds left dealt it a 30-28 divisional playoff loss at Atlanta. "It's great that the regular season is here.
"We wanted to put together a good offseason and a solid preseason, and I thought we did."
The Seahawks have the talent to again seriously contend in the NFC behind running back Marshawn Lynch, versatile quarterba...